“Refrain from going to fixers for your documents, as it will only get you in trouble.”
This warning was issued by Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco, as he also advised the public to seek assistance from numerous BI-accredited agencies and law firms that may assist them in their applications.
Tansingco lamented that fake documents are circulating amidst the holiday season.
His warning came following the interception of a Korean national identified as Ke Shuiyin, 45, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 last December 15 after presenting a fake emigration clearance certificate (ECC). An ECC is required of foreign visitors who have stayed in the country for more than 6 months.
He said Ke attempted to board a China Southern flight to Guangzhou, China but was intercepted by primary inspection officers upon suspecting the authenticity of the document she presented.
On verification, it was confirmed that the ECC she submitted was fraudulent. Ke was denied boarding and was subsequently arrested for violation of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
Tansingco warned foreign nationals in the country to refrain from securing the services of ‘fixers’ promising expeditious processing of documents especially during the holiday rush.
“Processing has been made easy and convenient, and we have 60 offices nationwide that can cater to different immigration transactions,” the BI chief said.